Faculty & Staff
Mrs. Lota David was born and raised in the Philippines. She graduated from the Philippine Normal University with a degree Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood education. She taught as a kindergarten teacher at Mary Immaculate learning Center in Valenzuela, Philippines for two years and at Malabon Elementary School for three years. Mrs. David moved to Hawaii with her husband in 2005 and is currently raising their two children. She was certified by the Hawaii State Department of Human Services as an Early Childhood as Director/Teacher. She completed the PACE program (Professional and Career Education for Early Childhood) provided by the University of Hawaii. Mrs. David also earned certificates of training from HAEYC. She worked at Rosary Preschool, Waipio, Waipahu in 2011 as an assistant teacher for three years old for 3 years then became the lead teacher for 3 years. Mrs. David joined St. Elizabeth School Ohana in 2017. She is grateful for the work opportunity offered to her. This school year is her 4th year here at St. Elizabeth School as a preschool teacher. Her students love to call her aunty Lota. Mrs. David is blessed to be a part of this School Ohana.
Teacher Assistant- Sr.Esther
Sister Esther Pagdato was born in the Philippines and has been teaching for 50 years. She celebrated her golden jubilee last year as a religious sister. Sister Esther graduated from the University of San Agustin, Iloilo City with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with units in High School Education, and a degree in School Administration from the University of San Francisco. Sister had been missioned in Kenya for 5 years as a Religious Education Advisor, taught in San Francisco at three different schools for many years, and has experienced teaching on Kauai, Maui, and Honolulu. Her last teaching assignment was at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Kalihi. Now, she is happy to be back at Saint Elizabeth School for the second time.
Celeste Fong was born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii. She is an alumna of St. Elizabeth Catholic School, class of 2007. She attended Aiea High School and then furthered her education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, receiving her Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education in 2015. This is her 7th year teaching at St. Elizabeth Catholic School. Celeste is also involved in athletics with the Catholic School League as a volleyball and basketball referee and scorekeeper. Celeste is a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Church and is part of the Pastoral Council, Altar Serving, Eucharistic, Lector, and Baptism Ministries. During her free time, she likes to be active by playing basketball, volleyball, and golf, and participating in outdoor activities. Celeste is also a basketball and volleyball coach at Aiea High School. She loves to cook and bake yummy dishes and desserts and she enjoys dancing the hula and Tahitian for her parish’s halau.
Teacher Assistant- Mrs.Borja
Mrs. Borja was born and raised in Hong Kong. She worked at AT&T Telephone Company in California. When she retired from AT&T she and her family moved to Hawaii. Her late husband Deacon Kin Borja was assigned at St. Elizabeth Church in 2007. That same year she also started working at St. Elizabeth School as a teacher assistant. As a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother she always has a passion for children. During all these years she has assisted many teachers and supported many students from different grade levels. Mrs. Borja treasured her time assisting our school Praise Choir in their choir practices and performances for more than 10 years now. She is very proud and grateful to the teachers for their efforts to mold the students with a solid academic foundation as well as helping them grow in their spiritual life and faith formation. Mrs. Borja is grateful to Sr. Bernarda for giving her an opportunity to work here at St. Elizabeth and be a part of this wonderful family. Mrs. Borja is well-loved by the students at this school. She is also an active member of this parish.
Sr. Fatima Joy A. Pasquin, OP was born and raised in Iloilo, Philippines. She joined the congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary in 2008. She made her final vows and became a Perpetually Professed member of the Congregation last year prior to her first journey to Hawaii. She went to Dominican College of Iloilo and graduated with a degree Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. She also earned a Certificate in Early Childhood Education at West Visayas State University, Philippines. She taught preschool at Holy Rosary Early Learning Center in Guimaras. She was certified by the Hawaii State Department of Human Services as an Early Childhood as Teacher. She attended the PACE program (Professional and Career Education for Early Childhood) offered by the University of Hawaii and earned a certificate of credits. Sr. Fatima started working here at St. Elizabeth last year as preschool assistant teacher. This school year she is going to be our awesome first-grade teacher.
Teacher Assistant- Mrs.Dumondon
Mrs. Estrella M. Domondon mostly called Mrs. D for short was born and raised in a small town in the Republic of the Philippines. A provincial life gave her the gift of a humble childhood, deeply rooted in family, community, and traditional Catholic values. She met and married her childhood sweetheart whose career in the US Navy brought them and their children to many adventures on the continent as well as on an overseas tour of duties.
Mrs. Domondon’s education began with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in the Philippines. She has also had extensive professional development certifications through her various positions beginning in the state of Virginia; serving the Department of Defense students and families in the Republic of Panama and the US Territory of Guam; and in teaching positions in Texas and Hawaii. In 2015, Mrs. Domondon retired from a 25-year career as a teacher in the Diocese of Honolulu at St. John the Baptist school, but a love of teaching brought her out of retirement and back into the garden of learning at St. Elizabeth School as a teacher assistant for kindergarten. This school year she will be the assistant teacher for first grade. Mrs. Domondon’s experience as a teacher is what gives her an especially rich and robust perspective on teaching and building a community of lifelong learners.
Mrs. Domondon believes it is always a joy to see the children grow and become successful spiritually, emotionally, and physically. St. Elizabeth school is staffed with educators who are sincere in
what they do. They are compassionate and supportive to students and parents. Mrs. D claimed that her experience in the office is unforgettable. When she steps at the administration office, she feels there is the very welcoming atmosphere and family spirit, accommodating and always willing to listen. She enjoys working in an environment like this. God speed St. Elizabeth!
Sr. Cherry Ann
Sr. Cherry Ann Ugay, OP was born and raised in Calinan, Davao City, Philippines. She joined the congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary in June 1991. She made her final vows and became a Perpetually Professed member of the Congregation on June 5, 2001. Sr. Cherry Ann took an educational unit for Early Childhood Education at West Visayas State University, Philippines, and was qualified to teach kindergarten. She taught Kindergarten at St. Rose of Lima School, Bacolod City, Philippines from 1995 to 1999. In the year 2000, she went back to school to earn her college degree at the Dominican College of Iloilo. She graduated with the degree of Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education and then went back to her teaching ministry. Sr. Cherry Ann taught in several schools of the Dominican Sisters for 16 years. This year will be a different experience for her. She is excited to teach our second graders here at SES for the first time.
Sister Myrle comes to us from the Philippines and this is her first time assigned here in Hawaii. She was born on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao in Davao City. She entered the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of the Philippines in Iloilo, Philippines. In 1980, Sister earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City and also graduated with an M.A. in Educational Management at Assumption College of Nabunturan, Davao de Oro. After graduation from College, she was assigned back to her native place - Davao City. She taught elementary and high school levels. She also served as principal in some schools of the Dominican Sisters in Davao. She has been in education misnistry for 31 years. Teaching here at St. Elizabeth holds a special place in her heart.
Teacher Assistant- Mrs.Angle
Gilda Angle was born and raised in the Philippines. She met her husband in the Philippines and married him in Hawaii. Mrs. Angle and her husband moved to California for a short stay as they both wanted to raise their children in Hawaii. Mrs. Angle gave birth to two handsome sons who are proud alumni of St. Elizabeth School. Before working at St. Elizabeth, she worked as a registered nurse at Straub & Pali Momi Hospitals. She has been employed at St. Elizabeth School for 20 years. Mrs. Angle says she loves the family atmosphere at SES and, being around the children and the awesome faculty & staff. Both she and her husband are active parishioners of St. Elizabeth Church.
Briana Nagasawa was born and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii. Briana is a recent graduate from the University of Hawaii West Oahu and has received a Bachelor's degree in Education. She is an alumna of St. Elizabeth School class of 2011. While attending St.Elizabeth she excelled in all her classes which translated to Highschool and through College. This year is going to her 2nd year as 4th grade teacher. She is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to come back and teach at her alma mater.
Pamela Falasco (Hostallero) was born and raised in Aiea and is proud to say that she is part of the first graduating class of 1970 here at St. Elizabeth School. She graduated from St. Francis High School in 1974 (taught there for 4 years) and attended Dominican College, San Rafael, CA for two years. She returned home to Oahu to finish her degree in Religious Studies at Chaminade University. Mrs. Falasco has a son and a daughter and two granddaughters, the older one who is also a proud graduate of SES, class of 2019.
" Teaching at St. Elizabeth for the past 16 years is like coming full circle....coming back HOME."- Mrs.Falasco
Mrs. Luisa Lau, “Babette” as fondly called by colleagues was born in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. She was taught by the Augustinian nuns in her elementary and high school years and complete her college education with the La Salle Brothers in the Philippines. She has earned her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree majoring in Economics and Marketing and a Graduate degree in Industrial Relations in Human Resources Development from the University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City. Mrs. Lau worked in the Philippine government (office of the President), corporate, and academic sector. She has more than 12 years in the academic sector in places like Kenya, the Philippines, and United States.
"Education is the key to succeed in your dreams. Never stop learning" is a quote Luisa uses as inspiration for her students in moments of their learning challenges.
"SES is a family to me and a spiritual pillar to my journey" - Mrs.Lau
Ms. Granat was born in Calcutta, India to an American WWII Pilot and his ‘English’ wife. Exactly one year to the day after their wedding, Ms. Granat was born. After living in India for 6 years, he was drafted back due to the Korean War. The family was moved to Japan for 3 years while he flew ‘sorties’ back & forth to Korea. He was eventually transferred to the east coast in the USA for two tours (four years each). He went into the Viet Nam War for two years and then transferred to Hawaii in 1966 where the family joined him. Since moving so often as a child, Ms. Granat has stayed in Hawaii since 1966 and has no desire to move. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation from the U of Hawaii, then taught Ceramics at the Pearl Harbor Subbase Recreation Center until 1979. She went back to the U of Hawaii to earn a Professional Diploma in Elementary Education. She has worked as a teacher until she retired in 2015. While retired, she worked at SES as a substitute teacher and tutored students. Ms. Granat returned to SES as a science and mathematics teacher during the 2018-2019 school year and enjoys working here very much.
Mrs. Fowler was born and raised in Kalihi, Honolulu. She was a product of the Hawaii Catholic Schools system. She is an alumna of St. John the Baptist Catholic school. She was blessed and grateful for her education from her wonderful lay teachers and the Dominican Sisters. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech from the University of Hawaii, an MA in Communication Studies from the California State University at Northridge, and a multiple subject teaching credential from California. Prior to her career at St. Elizabeth School, she taught undergraduate college-level courses in public speaking and interpersonal communication for five years at UHM, CSUN, Pasadena City College, Los Angeles Mission College, and Ventura College. Upon returning home in 2004, she started teaching language arts and writing classes to grades 5, 7, and 8 at SES and has been the 8th Grade homeroom teacher for the past 3 years. She loves teaching young people and leaving a lasting impact in their lives in not only being a keen thinker and communicator but also a follower of God.
Sharon Nagasawa was born in Ewa Beach and raised in Wahiawa. She married her husband at Our Lady Sorrows Catholic Church and moved to Waipio Gentry. Prior to her employment at St. Elizabeth worked in the Medical Field. She has been employed at St. Elizabeth School for about 13 years. Her son and daughter are both graduates of St. Elizabeth School. Her daughter is starting her teaching career at St. Elizabeth School, teaching grade 4. Sharon loves working at St. Elizabeth School because of the feeling of "Ohana". She enjoys the students, parents & wonderful faculty & staff. She says she is so blessed to be part of an awesome community.